Reviving a Dying Parish: How Embracing a Culture of Invitation Breathed Life into St. Frances Cabrini

St. Frances Cabrini, one of our oldest and most historic parishes, was dying. And if its story followed the usual pattern, it would be closed. Instead, the parish is not only growing, but its people are thriving. How did this community reinvent itself in less than 7 years?

The parish leaders embraced a relationship with the Holy Spirit, allowing the him to guide their initiatives. Then, they started small, fostering intentional relationships, recognizing and inviting people to participate, and They now have a culture of invitation. Every parishioner knows they should be reaching out to others, drawing the community together and to the person of Christ.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How significant intentional relationships and personal invitations are for community engagement.
  • How communal prayer and diverse perspectives can nurture a dynamic parish culture.
  • How simple acts like personal invitations and communal meals can foster connections and a sense of belonging.
  • The importance of allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and shape community efforts.

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Jim Jansen – Director of Pastoral Services, Archdiocese of Omaha

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